April is National Pickleball Month! As pickleball fans, we thought it appropriate to share our love of the sport.
By now, it’s likely you’ve heard of pickleball. It’s often described as a combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton. According to a 2022 report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, there are 4.8 million pickleball players, or “picklers,” in the United States and it is America’s fastest-growing sport for the second year in a row, increasing by 39.3%.
So why do we love pickleball? We enjoy getting in a workout with friends, having fun, good laughs, meeting new people, and a little friendly competition. We’ve even started packing our pickleball gear when we travel, as it’s easy to find a pickleball facilities across the country.
The sport can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels – it’s easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game. Even if you’ve never played before, we encourage you to give it a try. It’ll only cost you a couple of hours, a few bucks, and you might just find it’s the perfect game for you!
In Central Oregon, there are a number of subdivisions in town with pickleball courts, providing a nice amenity for the homeowners. For the general public, there are a variety of public parks with pickleball courts, as well as indoor pickleball facilities so you can play year-round. Here’s the list but visit our blog for links / complete details.
Widgi Creek Pickleball (Bend) – 10 indoor courts – https://www.widgi.com/pickleball/about-us
Pickleball Zone (Bend) – 8 indoor courts – https://pzbend.com
Bend Hoops (Bend) – 2 indoor courts – http://www.bendhoops.com/pickleball/
Bend Pickleball Club (Bend) – 16 outdoor courts – https://bendpickleballclub.com
Quail Park (Bend) – 1 outdoor court — https://www.pickleheads.com/courts/us/oregon/bend/quail-park
Larkspur Community Center (Bend) – 1 outdoor court (bring your own net) – https://www.bendparksandrec.org/facility/larkspur-community-center/#additional
Ponderosa Park (Bend) – 2 outdoor courts – https://www.bendparksandrec.org/park/ponderosa-park/
Fort Rock Park (Sunriver) – 18 outdoor courts – https://www.sunriverowners.org/departments/recreation/tennis-pickleball/sunriver-pickleball
Sage Springs Club and Spa (Sunriver) – 4 indoor courts – Sage Spring members and resort guests – https://www.sunriverresort.com/activities/pickleball-things-to-do-bend-central-oregon
Thousand Trails RV Campground (Sunriver) – 4 outdoor courts – www.thousandtrails.com/oregon/bend-sunriver-rv-campground
Sam Johnson Park (Redmond) – contact Mary at email@example.com or visit https://www.pickleheads.com/courts/us/oregon/redmond/sam-johnson-park
Lakeside Sports Center (Eagle Crest) – members only – 4 outdoor – https://www.eaglecrestpickleballclub.com/
La Pine Pickleball Club (La Pine) – 8 outdoor courts – https://lapinepickleball.com/
Sisters Pickleball Club (Sisters) – 2 outdoor courts – https://sisterspickleballclub.com/
Traveling across country? Here’s a great resource for pickle ball in the U.S. https://www.places2play.org